Brocade Extends Its Gen 6 Fibre Channel Portfolio with New Entry-Level Switch and Virtual Machine Visibility for Storage Networks

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Brocade has announced its Brocade G610 solution, a storage switch for always-on connectivity to the all-flash data center. This new switch would leverage the power of Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology, providing up to 32 Gbps performance, simplicity and enterprise-grade functionality. This would help organizations adapt to dynamic workloads and new demands for always-on business operations.

The Brocade G610 is an entry-level switch designed for a variety of environments ranging from small shared storage fabrics to network edge deployments in data centers. It would offer high performance, reliability and affordable access to the Gen 6 Fibre Channel storage networking technology.

To support their ever-evolving storage environments, organizations can start with eight ports and grow on demand with up to 24 ports per switch. In addition, the Brocade G610 switch would be easy to use and install, with a point-and-click user interface that simplifies deployment to save time.

Brocade Fabric Vision

data centers brocadeBrocade also announced expanded monitoring capabilities through Brocade Fabric Vision technology with the availability of VM Insight. VM Insight would deliver proactive visibility into the health and performance of individual virtual machines (VMs) to help administrators uncover issues before applications are affected.

“The Brocade G610 switch and VM Insight reinforce Brocade’s continued commitment to Fibre Channel innovation to help customers derive more value from their applications and infrastructure,” said Jack Rondoni, senior vice president of storage networking, Brocade. “Together with our partner ecosystem, Brocade is making it easy and affordable to deploy Fibre Channel solutions while extending monitoring capabilities in Fabric Vision technology so customers can have unparalleled visibility of VM-level application performance within the storage network.”

Using integrated sensors, VM Insight allows administrators to monitor VM statistics and quickly identify abnormal VM behaviors. This facilitates troubleshooting and fault isolation while providing intelligence for early detection of application performance degradations to help support critical service level agreements. VM Insight extends and complements the automated monitoring, diagnostic and management capabilities enabled by Fabric Vision technology.

“The use of all-flash arrays for consolidation of mission-critical primary storage workloads is increasing rapidly, and by 2020 IDC predicts that these types of systems will drive over 80 percent of all primary storage revenues,” said Eric Burgener, research director, storage, IDC. “Flash’s ability to support much denser workload consolidation is demanding higher-performance host connections, and Brocade‘s new Gen 6 Fibre Channel portfolio provides that bandwidth with a proven, trusted and highly secure protocol.”

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